Thursday, 4 April 2013

Hello dolly!

Unfortunately Easter was a bit of a non-event for me this year.  Apart from working every day over the holiday, I managed to pick up a nasty stomach bug which kept me up all night, and then I fell over my feet at work resulting in large colourful and painful lumps in several places.  Even sitting is uncomfortable and I'm walking like someone who has just celebrated their 100th birthday!  However being less mobile has meant I did at last get down to putting together my lovely Sophie Tilley wooden doll kit (with rather too much help from Titch!).

I'm ashamed to say I've had the kit for almost 12 months but tell the truth I've been rather nervous of painting the face.  Creating faces is one of those steps that can make or break a project but I gritted my teeth and just went for it.  I'm fairly happy with the result.  I painted my doll with acrylic paints and added her features with Sharpie pens.  I then gave her bits and pieces a thin layer of beeswax polish before putting her together.  The wax gives a nice smooth finish to painted wooden pieces and a bit of protection.  I made a rough paper pattern and used a scrap of vintage Laura Ashley fabric for her dress - its not perfect but she is a rather folksy girl so I'm sure she doesn't mind. 

Sophie is soon to add cloth dolls to her range so I'm looking forward to finding a comfortable friend for my wooden doll.


  1. Oh Anne, the face is just beautiful. i can imagine that you were a bit nervous about painting this....

  2. Her face is perfect. Love her lip shape. Does she have a name? Am following you on bloglovin as ValeryAnne. Perhaps you would follow me back so we do not loose touch. Hugs Mrs A.

  3. Hello, Titch! Hello, dolly! I completely understand your reluctance to make the face (I would freeze, too) but she is... adorable and gentle!

  4. Oh she s so sweet. Your cat is so photogenic


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